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"Bar in the Hotel Scribe" (Paris) by Floyd Davis

After the Allies drove the German army out of Paris in August 1944, the bar at the city's Hotel Scribe became a favorite haunt for journalists. As one observer put it, an outgoing stream of "spruce correspondents" was always leaving the bar's comforts for the front lines and an incoming flow of "disheveled correspondents" just back from the front was eager to fill their seats. Among the Scribe's patrons was war illustrator Floyd Davis, who painted this picture for Life magazine, showing the bar filled with reporters who gathered there to talk over their news stories and complain about army press censorship. Among the individuals featured are New Yorker reporter Janet Flanner and CBS newscaster William Shirer seated at a table (lower center) with Ernest Hemingway. The unshaven, helmeted figure in the left rear is the famed war photographer Robert Capa.

Other figures include: Floyd MacMillan Davis, Gladys Rockmore Davis, David Edward Scherman, Janet Flanner, William Lawrence Shirer, Ernest Miller Hemingway, A. J. Liebling, Merrill Mueller, Hans Von Kaltenborn, Richard De Rochemont, Bill Reusswig, Ham Green, Robert Allen Cromie, Hugh Schuck, Will Lang, Lee Miller, Graham Miller, Donald MacKenzie, Robin Duff, Ralph Morse, Charles Wertenbaker, Robert Capa, Noel Busch


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  • Blue States PRO 6y

    Interesting. Nice piece of history
  • Roadgoer 6y

    What an incredible painting. Thanks for the details.
  • Patty Tucker 1y

    My father was the Army Sergeant who was responsible for room assignments at the hotel .
    Ernest brought stockings and perfume back to my mom when returning stateside.My dad knew all the journalists and photographers ( who often used him as a subject) He had a ball., and considered it one of the most memorable times of his life. I have some beautiful professional photos post liberation at The Scribe
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Taken on February 1, 2009
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